Published in the Iola Register on Apr. 3, 2013.

Hasch and Wentz elected to city commission

For the first time in the history of Concordia, two women will be serving on the City Commission after the city-school general election Tuesday.
In the race for two open seats on the Commission, Christy Hasch came away the winner with 510 votes‚ 37-percent of all votes cast. She was followed closely by the incumbent, Marsha Wentz, who garnered 36-percent of the vote, receiving 478 votes. Retta Waite received 26-percent of the votes with 356.
Of the 3,411 registered voters in Concordia, 834 votes were cast, leading to a 24-percent voter turnout in the spring election.
Hasch and Wentz will be sworn in at the April 17 meeting, and will serve three-year terms.
The breakdown of votes cast by Ward, are as follows: First Ward‚ Hasch, 87, Waite, 48, Wentz, 80; Second Ward‚ Hasch, 247, Waite, 127, Wentz, 244; Third Ward‚ Hasch, 133, Waite, 111, Wentz, 107; Fourth Ward‚ Hasch, 43, Waite, 70, Wentz, 47.
Countywide, voter turnout was lower, with 20.5 percent of the 6,291 registered voters casting ballots. There were three open seats on the Cloud County Community College Board of Trustees, and only three people vying to fill those spots.
Linda Richard, Miltonvale, received the most votes with 855, closely followed by incumbent Greg Askren who received 850. Dave Clemons, also an incumbent wasn't far behind with 800 votes.
Three seats were open on the USD 333 Concordia Board of Education. All three incumbents ran for re-election, and were elected. Board Chairman Rick Limon received 735 votes for his district one, position four seat. Mary Beth Smith had 770 votes for her district three, position six seat, and Chuck Knapp received 744 votes for his district two, position five spot.
In Aurora, the race for two open seats on the City Council is still up in the air. Tom L'Ecuyer received 14 votes, and Dani Nelson had 12. Kathy Kindel came in third in the race with 11 votes. However, there were 12 write-in votes cast in the election, which leaves the race unofficial until the canvassing of the ballots by the County Commission.
All three up for election in Jamestown were elected, as none had any opposition. Randy Smith received 31 votes in his bid for mayor, and Arlene Ediger and John Herbin were both elected to the City Council with 27 and 26 votes, respectively.
Jon Puckett was re-elected as mayor of Miltonvale with 53 votes. Darren Bates received 64 votes, and Greg Copple had 58 to both be elected to the City Council.
In Glasco, Charles Wilson brought in 66 votes to be re-elected as mayor. With two open seats on the City Council, and two people running, both Ed Bellows with 80 votes, and Amy Cool with 73 were elected.